Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Loving and Learning in Lodi October 28 2018

I like parties! It’s fun to be together and celebrate the important events in our lives.
The people of Israel liked to party…in fact, God insisted that Israel party!! However, there was a uniqueness to their partying. When they partied, they were, with grateful hearts, celebrating God’s faithfulness in their lives.
Grateful hearts giving thanks to God and living life daily in gratitude was the goal. So, here’s to living with grateful hearts! Grateful to give and share. Grateful to serve. Grateful to be a reflection of God’s love towards others.
Gratefully yours!
Pastor Diane

Prayer request for Doris Formanek’s family. Doris died on October 20th in Medina Hospital. Services will be held Friday, October 26 at 6pm at Murray Funeral Home where friends may call from 4pm until time of the service.
From our prayer time on Sunday, October 21st: Anniversary: ~Rob and Missy Laughlin are celebrating 24 years! Missy says the secret is LOTS of PATIENCE!!!! Thank you: ~Rev. Diane “gave back” by replacing the tile at the parsonage! It looks beautiful! Thanks to the guys for moving some things to make it happen! And thanks to Denny for donating the new toilets. Joys: ~ Peggie and Charlie Brown are new volunteers with AARP of Medina County. They are sending cards to retirement facilities. Please give them any (free)cards you receive in the mail or purchase a box of cards to share. ~Jerrie Yergin gave a heartfelt “thank you” for the prayer shawl that she took to Diana. It is so appreciated. ~Cindy and Adam Namerow are thrilled with their new grandson, Oliver Thomas. Concerns: ~Lynn White appreciates all the prayers for her sister. ~Larry Scott asked for prayers for a friend of Pam’s son, Noah, who was hurt in Africa. ~All the unspoken prayers among us. ~Our military personnel and their families, near and far. Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp, Charlie Brown, Hattie Ziegler, Lee Geissman
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller, Ken Wiley
Families Grieving: The Max Longsdorf family, The Acey Baker family, The Lois Jockisch family, The Jim Hastings family, The Susie Hall family, The Judy Yoder family, The Joni Barnes family, The Doris Formanek family
Sunday, October 21st, 2018
Liturgist: Larry Cray Greeters: Lil Tozser
Hymns: All Creatures of Our God and King verses 1, 4 & 5 #62
Come and Find the Quiet Center TFWS #2128
Bless Thou the Gifts sing twice #587
To the tune of #430 – O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee
When Morning Gilds the Skies verses 1 - 4 #185
Scripture Exodus 23:14 - 17 Common English Bible
You should observe a festival for me three times a year. Observe the Festival of Unleavened Bread, as I commanded you. Eat unleavened bread for seven days at the appointed time in the month of Abib, because it was in that month that you came out of Egypt.
No one should appear before me empty-handed. Observe the Harvest Festival for the early produce of your crops that you planted in the field, and the Gathering Festival at the end of the year, when you gather your crop of fruit from the field. All your males should appear three times a year before the Lord God.
Leader: The word of God for the people of God. People: Thanks be to God.
THE CHURCH IN ACTION
Choir rehearses on Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. Come and join us!
Feed My Sheep is this Thursday, October 27th from 5-7pm. Continue to pray for this mission. Bake a sweet treat to share or come in and help! We always have fun doing God’s work.
Youth Group meets this Sunday after worship.
There is yarn available in Dottie's office for all those making the beautiful, much-appreciated prayer shawls. Edee and Denny cannot make the shawls, but wanted to help, so they are supplying some yarn.
Saturday, November 3rd from 9am – 3 pm – Jingle & Mingle Craft Show: 6th Annual Craft Show at Lafayette United Methodist Church, 6201 Lafayette Rd., Medina, OH. Craft show with hand-made crafts only from over 44 area crafters. Crafts range from wooden creations to quilting, to cards & jewelry, paintings and home decor, to personalized Holiday decorations. Door prizes will be drawn every 15 minutes throughout the day. You can purchase food in our Lunch room, buy goodies at our bake sale or take home pierogies for your dinner that night!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!! HOLIDAY VENDOR/CRAFT FAIR - Saturday, December 1st - 9am-1pm
~ Lodi United Methodist Church ~vendors, crafters, bake sale, lunch, door prizes ~ Benefiting the Lodi Youth Work Missions

Friday, October 19, 2018


Loving and Learning in Lodi October 21 2018


          “I do it myself!” were the words that often came from my daughter as a toddler. I understood. She was learning new things and wanted the independence to do things on her own. Most times, I let her ‘do it myself.’ But, sometimes, I couldn’t let her. Some things were too much for her. Some things were beyond her abilities at that time in her life.
          This week, the nation of Israel tells God, “We’ll do it ourselves” as they ask for a king…come and see what happened next!
                                                                                      See you Sunday!
                                                                                                Pastor Diane


Birthdays & Anniversaries:
~Kathy Hastings is celebrating 69, and hoping to join the choir.
~Ruth Hebble is celebrating 88, and hoping for improved health so she doesn't have to use walker anymore.
~Bob Heitkamp is celebrating 78, and hoping for a year with no doctors' visits.
~Connie Cray is celebrating 77, and hoping for no health issues.
~Bill & Judy Foster are celebrating their 59th anniversary.
Joys:
~Brianna's cat Tippy has been sick but joyfully the medicine is making her better.
~Bill and Elva Dunham visited Boyd & Donna Lance at their new assisted living home. Donna is looking better.
~Missy Laughlin said Cindy Namerow is missing us, but enjoying her visit with new grandson Oliver Thomas, granddaughter Josie, and the family.
Concerns:  
~Ken Wiley is in Hospice care and would really enjoy receiving cards from his church family.  His address is:  60 Willow Wood Dr., Chippewa Lake, OH 44215
~Bill Dunham is having a couple of health issues with a doctor's appointment this week.
~Charlie Brown asked for prayers for the hurricane victims and their families.
~Prayers for Lynn White and her family with the death of her sister, Roberta.
~All the unspoken prayers among us.
~Our military personnel and their family members, near and far.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp, Ken Wiley, Charlie Brown, Hattie Ziegler, Lee Geissman
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller
Families Grieving:  The Max Longsdorf family, The Acey Baker family, The Lois Jockisch family, The Jim Hastings family, The Susie Hall family, The Judy Yoder family, The Joni Barnes family

Sunday, October 14th, 2018
Liturgist:       Glen Betts                                              Greeters:  Ron & Faye Stewart
Hymns:        Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise          verses 1 – 4            #103  
                     Come and Find the Quiet Center                                          TFWS #2128
                   Be Thou My Vision                                 verses 1 – 3            #451
                   O Jesus I Have Promised                        verses 1 - 4             #396


Scripture                                                      I Samuel 8:1 - 22                           Common English Bible

          Now when Samuel got old, he appointed his sons to serve as Israel’s judges. The name of his oldest son was Joel; the name of the second was Abijah. They served as judges in Beer-sheba. But Samuel’s sons didn’t follow in his footsteps. They tried to turn a profit, they accepted bribes, and they perverted justice.

          So all the Israelite elders got together and went to Samuel at Ramah. They said to him, “Listen. You are old now, and your sons don’t follow in your footsteps. So appoint us a king to judge us like all the other nations have.” It seemed very bad to Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us,” so he prayed to the Lord.

          Lord answered Samuel, “Comply with the people’s request—everything they ask of you—because they haven’t rejected you. No, they’ve rejected me as king over them. They are doing to you only what they’ve been doing to me from the day I brought them out of Egypt to this very minute, abandoning me and worshipping other gods. So comply with their request, but give them a clear warning, telling them how the king will rule over them.”

          Then Samuel explained everything the Lord had said to the people who were asking for a king. “This is how the king will rule over you,” Samuel said:

          “He will take your sons, and will use them for his chariots and his cavalry and as runners for his chariot. He will use them as his commanders of troops of one thousand and troops of fifty, or to do his plowing and his harvesting, or to make his weapons or parts for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers, cooks, or bakers. He will take your best fields, vineyards, and olive groves and give them to his servants. He will give one-tenth of your grain and your vineyards to his officials and servants. He will take your male and female servants, along with the best of your cattle and donkeys, and make them do his work. He will take one-tenth of your flocks, and then you yourselves will become his slaves! When that day comes, you will cry out because of the king you chose for yourselves, but on that day the Lord won’t answer you.”

          But the people refused to listen to Samuel and said, “No! There must be a king over us so we can be like all the other nations. Our king will judge us and lead us and fight our battles.”

          Samuel listened to everything the people said and repeated it directly to the Lord. Then the Lord said to Samuel, “Comply with their request. Give them a king.”

Samuel then told the Israelite people, “Go back, each of you, to your own hometown.”

Leader:    The word of God for the people of God.                            People:    Thanks be to God.


THE CHURCH IN ACTION

Choir rehearses on Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. Come and join us!  

There is yarn available in Dottie's office for all those making the beautiful, much-appreciated prayer shawls.  Edee and Denny cannot make the shawls, but wanted to help, so they are supplying some yarn.

Saturday, November 3rd from 9am – 3 pm – Jingle & Mingle Craft Show: 6th Annual Craft Show at Lafayette United Methodist Church, 6201 Lafayette Rd., Medina, OH.  Craft show with hand-made crafts only from over 44 area crafters. Crafts range from wooden creations to quilting, to cards & jewelry, paintings and home decor, to personalized Holiday decorations. Door prizes will be drawn every 15 minutes throughout the day. You can purchase food in our Lunch room, buy goodies at our bake sale or take home pierogies for your dinner that night!


Friday, October 12, 2018

Loving and Learning in Lodi October 14 2018



          I am glad to settle for the bare minimum when it comes to paying taxes, but there are times when meeting the bare minimum does not produce the hoped for desire.  Come join me as we discover the minimum requirement for our relationship with God (Hint – it’s Faith), and also some ideas at how we might go beyond the minimum to discover the joy of excelling in our journey.

                                                                             Leaning into the Future with Hope,
                                                                                      Rev. Donna   


Joys:
~Dee Heitkamp shared a prayer shawl with her niece.  Her niece could feel all of our prayers connected with the shawl and the shawl has made a big impact on her life.
~Marta Van Loon saw Carol Toth this week and she is doing great!
~Rev. Diane is having a wonderful October!  Thank you for the daily surprises—what a blessing this congregation is!
Concerns:  
~Ken Wiley’s cancer is in his brain and he can no longer walk.
~Patti Graves’ daughter will be traveling this week.  
~Lynn White has been fighting an infection.  She loves and misses us.  Her sister, Roberta has been placed into Hospice.
~Lee Geissman continues to recover and Pat had an infected tooth pulled.
~The family members whose loved ones were in the accident on Rt. 224 and Westfield Road this past week.
~Hattie Ziegler is in Lodi and hopes to come home this week!
~All the unspoken prayers among us.
~Our military personnel and their family members, near and far.
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp, Ken Wiley, Charlie Brown, Hattie Ziegler, Lee Geissman
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller
Families Grieving:  The Max Longsdorf family, The Acey Baker family, The Lois Jockisch family, The Jim Hastings family, The Susie Hall family, The Judy Yoder family, The Joni Barnes family

Sunday, October 14th, 2018
Liturgist:       Jane Corbus                                            Greeters:  Joan Anderson
Hymns:        Come, Christians Join to Sing                            verses 1 – 3            #158
                      Come and Find the Quiet Center                                         TFWS #2128
                   Freely, Freely                                        verses 1 - 2             #389
                   Jesu, Jesu                                            verses 1 - 5             #432



Scripture                                                      Micah 6:1 - 8                                    Common English Bible

Hear what the Lord is saying:
Arise, lay out the lawsuit before the mountains;
let the hills hear your voice!
Hear, mountains, the lawsuit of the Lord!
Hear, eternal foundations of the earth!
The Lord has a lawsuit against his people;
with Israel he will argue.
“My people, what did I ever do to you?
How have I wearied you? Answer me!
I brought you up out of the land of Egypt;
I redeemed you from the house of slavery.
I sent Moses, Aaron, and Miriam before you.
My people, remember what Moab’s King Balak had planned,
and how Balaam, Beor’s son, answered him!
Remember everything from Shittim to Gilgal,
that you might learn to recognize the righteous acts of the Lord!”

With what should I approach the Lord
and bow down before God on high?
Should I come before him with entirely burned offerings, with year-old calves?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with many torrents of oil?
Should I give my oldest child for my crime;
the fruit of my body for the sin of my spirit?
He has told you, human one, what is good and what the Lord requires from you:
to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God.

Leader:    The word of God for the people of God.                            People:    Thanks be to God.


THE CHURCH IN ACTION

Choir rehearses on Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. Come and join us!  

The United Methodist Women meet this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. All women of the church are welcome to attend.


Trustees meet after worship this Sunday.

Thursday, October 4, 2018


Loving and Learning in Lodi October 7 2018



          God loves us and ALWAYS wants a relationship with us.

          The biblical narrative tells of God reaching out to us to mend the brokenness we created in our relationship. We follow the next step God takes this week as we look at the priesthood and the sacrificial system. From the covenant of the land and descendants with Abraham, to the covenant of the law with Moses, God continues to reach out through the work of the priesthood.
         
                             See you then!!
                                                                                        Pastor Diane

Birthday: 
~Bryce Betts is 17!  Looking forward to finishing up the last two years at Cloverleaf!
Joys:
~ Ray and Diane Eaton have been blessed with a great-grand-daughter,
Lucille.  “I Love Lucy!”  Ray is jealous that she has more hair than him :)
~Jeff and Marta Van Loon are so grateful that ROWW (Reach Out World Wide) was able to gut Heather’s house in NC from the flood waters from the hurricane.  She will now be able to begin the rebuilding process. 
~Julie Yergin retired last Friday after 35 years!  She is no longer the “tax
collector”!
Concerns: 
~Lee Geissman is still in Medina Hospital.  Continued prayers for their nephew, Allen, who is in Hospice.
~Anne Serafin asked for continued prayers for Kenny as he fights his cancer.
~Hattie Ziegler is now in Lodi Rehab for her knee.
~Jan Barnhart had a allergic reaction to antibiotics after her knee surgery.
~A co-worker of Cindy Namerow’s, husband was in a car accident.  He needs our prayers.
~Always remember all the unspoken prayers among us and an empty pew space, as many are travelling or have family issues.
~Keep our military personnel, near and far, and their families in your prayers. 
Recovering: Garry Moore, Tom Repp, Ken Wiley, Charlie Brown, Hattie Ziegler, Lee Geissman
Cancer: Diane McMahon, Rich Serafin, Terry Gayner, Zachary, Delbert Miller

Sunday, October 7th, 2018
Liturgist:       Grace Harvey                                          Greeters:  Ruth Hebble
Hymns:        Holy, Holy, Holy                                    verses 1 – 3            #64
                             A favorite of Dottie Kimble, Leo Sparr and Clay Vaughan
                    Come and Find the Quiet Center                                           TFWS #2128
                    O Master, Let Me Walk with Thee             verses 1 & 4            #430
                                Take My Life and Let It Be                      verses 1 & 2            #399





Scripture                              Exodus 29:38, 39, 42 – 46                                              Common English Bible

          Now this is what you should offer on the altar: two one-year-old lambs regularly every day. Offer one lamb in the morning and offer the other lamb at twilight…This should be the regular entirely burned offering in every generation at the meeting tent’s entrance in the Lord’s presence. There I will meet with you, and there I will speak to you. I will meet with the Israelites there, and it will be made holy by my glorious presence. I will make the meeting tent and the altar holy. Likewise, I will make Aaron and his sons holy to serve me as priests. I will be at home among the Israelites, and I will be their God. They will know that I am the Lord their God, who brought them out of the land of Egypt so that I could make a home among them. I am the Lord their God.

Leader:    The word of God for the people of God.                            People:    Thanks be to God.


THE CHURCH IN ACTION

Choir rehearses on Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. Come and join us! 

Monthly Church Potluck is this Sunday after worship. Bring a dish to share and stay for some great food and incredible fellowship!!

2018 Advent Devotionals are due this Sunday, October 7th. Please turn yours in to Dottie. Thanks!

Our Church Conference, Saturday, October 6th 9am-12noon at Lafayette United Methodist Church. With other churches in our area, we’ll have worship, our meetings, and a training session that morning. All members of the church are welcome to attend this yearly meeting.

If you’d like to make donations to the relief efforts following hurricane Florence through the United Methodist Committee on Relief, you may do so noting that in the memo line of your check or on the outside of your envelope. 100% of donations go to disaster relief in the United States. Any monies not used for hurricane Florence will go to future disasters.

Our Family Room is ready and available for families with small children, if you need it.   The Family Room is on the third floor beside the sound room.  You can still hear the service.